Posted on | February 25, 2011 by Tyler Ament |
In their recently released General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance, the US State Department opens the door for LGBT NGOs to receive US aid money meant for refugees and migrants. The Guidelines are for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and list the policy priorities of the Bureau. As the guidelines describe, PRM has “primary responsibility within the U.S. Government for formulating policies on population, refugees, and migration, and for administering U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs.”
Thus, PRM is the perfect vehicle to insert LGBT agenda items into U.S. foreign and national security policy, while simultaneously securing funding for NGOs who advance these agenda items on a multi-lateral scale. The policy priorities listed in the Guidelines demonstrate this point.
The Guidelines highlight the role of NGOs in policy development and advocacy, saying:
“The work of NGOs is instrumental to ensuring that the Bureau achieves its humanitarian objectives and fulfills its overall mandate….Not only are NGOs crucial for assistance delivery, they also provide critical information and analysis for policy development and advocacy.”
The Policy Priorities listed in the Guidelines lay out what this “overall mandate” means in practice. The Priorities describes the populations which NGOs must serve in order to qualify for funding as “Vulnerable and Underserved Refugees and other Persons of Concern.” Who are these other persons of concern? The Priorities make it very clear.
PRM focuses on meeting the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations. Vulnerable groups may include women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals, the elderly, the sick, the disabled, and other minorities. PRM strongly promotes women’s equal access to resources and their participation in managing those resources.
In light of how the US State Department handled the death of David Kato, one can reasonably expect that the way in which the US State Department defines the needs of “vulnerable” LGBT individuals will be dubious and biased. The Assistant Secretary of State, Philip Crowley, stated in the Daily Press Release of Jan. 27, 2011:
We are horrified and saddened by the murder of prominent human rights activist David Kato in Uganda yesterday afternoon. And the United States calls on Ugandan authorities to actively investigate David’s murder and bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice. We also call on Uganda’s elected representatives and the Ugandan people to speak out against hatred and bigotry directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Without any investigation into the real cause of the murder, the Assistant Secretary moves immediately to condemning “hatred and bigotry,” seemingly stating that such motives were the cause of Mr. Kato’s death. The investigation carried out by Ugandan authorities revealed that the “perpetrator” was a male prostitute hired by Mr. Kato, who killed him in an argument about payment for his sexual “services.”
Secretary Clinton’s official statement of January 27, describes his murder as a “heinous act” and states that U.S. diplomats will be sure to “honor David’s legacy by continuing the important work to which he devoted his life.”
View the Guidelines here.